Author: Seattle Area Archivists

ARMA event: “Privacy and Security Laws: The Changing Landscape”

Please join the Seattle chapter of ARMA International on September 5th for an hour long talk by Denise Simons, Principal Consultant at Haystack Associates. Denise is an industry expert on privacy and security law and its implications for records administrators. This topic is relevant to both archivists and records managers and may inform your programs and policies going forward!

Location: Seattle City Hall – 2nd Floor Council Reception Meeting Room

Networking 8:30 am – 9:00 am

Meeting 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The cost for the event is $10.

For tickets and more information, please visit:

ATALM seeking volunteer curators!

The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums is seeking volunteer curators to help gather relevant online resources to serve as a portal for information useful to staff of tribal archives, libraries, museums, historic preservation offices, language programs, and other cultural departments. Specific topics include Designing and Building a Museum/Cultural Center, Oral History Programs, Native Language Programs, Archives Development and Management, Collections Care, Community Outreach, Exhibit Design and Development, Historic Preservation and Repatriation, Library Services and Programs, and other topics as identified by the team of curators.

Curators of Online Resources will be recognized in the 2019 ATALM program book and on the web portal. Please use this form to register as a Curator and/or suggest online resources.

Students enrolled in library or museum study programs seeking an internship or special project recognition should email with your request.

Three types of information are sought:

  1. Online Training Resources, including website address and brief description.
  2. Sample documents such as policies, procedures, position descriptions, forms, and other documents.
  3. Bibliographies of printed materials such as books, journals, and publications.

You may send your recommendations via email to or use the areas provided below.

If submitting materials through the Online Curator Form (recommended method), you may save your work and resume it later, provided you are working on the same device. ATALM does not receive information until you officially submit it. After submitting your proposal, you will receive a confirmation via email.

For more information about enrolling in the Professional Development program, go to

Quick Links for ATALM 2019:

Download the Preliminary Program Book


Professional Development Certificate Application

Access Hotel, Travel, and Local Attractions Information

Submit a Nomination for a Guardian of Culture and Lifeways Awards

Sponsor an event, activity, or item

Contribute to the Scholarship and Programming Fund

Exhibit at the Conference

Become an Arts & Crafts Vendor

Serve on the National Planning Council

Sign up for a Roommate/Share a Ride

Volunteer at the Conference

Propose a tour, workshop, or session

Annual International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples August 9

Today, August 9th is the Annual International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples which was created to promote and protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples around the world. It commemorates the first United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations meeting in Geneva in 1982. As an archivist, consider familiarizing yourself with Article 31 of the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which affirms Indigenous Peoples’ right to maintain, control, protect, and develop the intellectual property over their cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, and traditional cultural expressions. A FAQ on the Declaration can be found here.
On a related note – it was a year ago, August 13th that The Protocols for Native American Archival Materials was endorsed by the Society of American Archivists which provides excellent guidance and contacts for creating equitable partnerships with Native American Tribes. The Protocols can be found here.
Our organization wants more tribal archivists as members! If you have any contacts for potential members please let us know so we can reach out. 

Job Alert: Digital Archives, Project Adviser

Digital Archives, Project Adviser

Summary: Seeking experienced Archivist or digital Librarian as the Lead Adviser/Consultant fora new digital archive for a private collection of historic documents and photographs. This is a part time project, flexible hours, to start in July 2019, lasting about 8-10 weeks. The completed Archive should meet archive standards and best practices accepted by special collections and preservation institutions.

Scope of effort includes developing an Archive project plan with technical specifications; about three (3) on-site meetings for project evaluation; some technical support via phone conference calls; and guidance to the Archive Assistant (graduate MLIS) who will perform on-site work and scanning process.

Skills and Experience:

  • Advanced degree in MLIS or Archival Sciences; or equivalent professional experience;
  • Experience developing digital archives for special collections, museums, or libraries;
  • Experience with applied technical specifications and technologies for archives;
  • Knowledge of modern archival concepts, standards, best practices and correct application;
  • Knowledge of information and digital technologies for special collections and archives, including scanning, archiving, and processing historic content of all types;
  • Experience with digital exhibits/display software; file access and security; web publishing options; (eg, Omeka, ArchivesSpace, Content DM, etc)
  • Skills to guide/direct staff on archive development, technical issues, project management;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Computer skills, MS Office, email, Internet search.

Compensation: Commensurate with credentials and experience.

Please send cover email and resume to email below.

Contact: Anne Lemaire, Program Manager


2019 – 2021 Steering Committee Ballot

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Hannah Kolesar, Museum of Flight, Archivist I (Processes Archivist)

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As a new member to SeArch and to the Seattle area, I’m interested in engaging with my new peers.

I have worked at the Museum of Flight for a year now, prior to that I spent 4 years as support staff at an academic archive. I have an MLIS with a concentration in Archives.

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Jenn Parent, The Museum of Flight, Reference Archivist

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I am interested in being on the steering committee because I’d like to give back to the profession and to SeArch.

I’ve been an archivist with The Museum of Flight since July 2017; starting as the Processing Archivist and then, in December 2017, becoming the Reference Archivist. My priority is to answer archival reference questions and fulfill reproduction requests. I also oversee two volunteers, assist on legacy record clean-up, and process, including writing finding aids, when I have time.

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Ryan Anthony Donaldson, Heritage and Archives Consultant

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The Statement of Purpose for the Seattle Area Archivists aligns with my own goals & objectives. It is essential for us to continue to raise awareness of the diverse range of local archives in all sectors, and what they have to offer, whether for the public or to each other. If elected to the Steering Committee, I would focus on additional ways the Seattle Area Archivists can collaborate with local organizations, as well as develop future programming based on what members are seeking. Thank you.

For over 10 years, I worked as corporate archivist for The Durst Organization, an industry-leading multi-generation real estate developer with a 15 million sq. ft. mixed-use portfolio. In addition, I served on the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.) Board, including as President. I’m also active with the Society of American Archivists, recently completing a term of service with the Business Archives Section Steering Committee.

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Ari Lavigne, Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound, Audiovisual Archivist

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SeArch has been an incredible resource to me as a burgeoning professional. SeArch has kept me abreast of the job market, kept me informed on exciting and interesting archives-related events, and supported my organization when we’ve put on our own events. As part of the Steering Committee, I would leverage my strong outreach, networking, and marketing skills towards making sure this organization can continue to be an invaluable resource for our community.

I’ve been working for the past year and a half as the Assistant Audiovisual Archivist at Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound, where I help local LAMs deal with the defunct AV formats in their collections. Before that, I worked on processing film and video collections at the University of Washington’s Film Archive. I’ve also worked in other archive environments doing digitization, metadata, and developing workflows for dealing with born digital objects. Before coming to UW for my MLIS, I worked at the Public Library of Cincinnati, in the Genealogy and Local History department!

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Karen Bean, The Museum of Flight, Digitization Specialist II

I’m interested in doing more for the archives community in Seattle. I really appreciate what SeArch does for local archivists. I’d like to help keep this community strong and working together.

I currently have worked for 2.5 years at the Museum of Flight Collection department digitizing our collections for internet access. I previously spent 11 years working in the photo archives and as a photographer at the Field Museum in Chicago. I ran the Field Museum photo archives social media Tumblr page and currently run the Museum of Flight social media Instagram page.

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